We like to make note of places where poetry finds an unexpected audience and here’s one from Perth and Kinross, Scotland. Platform 2018 is a contemporary arts festival in its second year, which offers a week of exhibitions, performances, music, talks, and workshops, March 24-31, 2018. Into that substantial mix comes Perth poet Jim Mackintosh, PLATFORM Poet in Residence, who will visit

all the Festival events to tease out collaborations and create new work to be published during the Festival via a daily diary blog / Twitter / Instagram with the odd photograph and video along the way.

He will also be travelling the bus routes of Perth and Perthshire to engage with passengers, bus staff and anyone impacted by the bus routes to pen some new poems but importantly to encourage people to pen their own poems based on their travels and using text, e-mail, scraps of paper persuade them to submit their words so they can be pulled together and displayed or even published later in the year.

Mr. Mackintosh was previously named Club Poet for the St. Johnstone Saints, a professional Scottish football club. For a taste of what bus riders might hear, watch Mackintosh read his poem “Mind The Time” on YouTube.

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“Poetry Rides the Bus”

February 12, 2018

Bus riders in Olympia, Washington, will now have a chance to enjoy poetry on their journey, thanks to Poetry Rides the Bus.” The project, coordinated by Olympia’s First Poet Laureate, Amy Solomon-Minarchi, received more than 120 submissions, from which 22 were selected for posting in buses and bus shelters around the city.

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photo by Jeff Chew

poetry party

April 14, 2017

Join the poets for the launch of a new round of Poetry on Buses — the King County program that puts poems on buses, light rail and streetcars throughout the county for the next year. The official launch party will be Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. It’s free.

Also starting on April 24, you can visit the Poetry on Buses website to view a new poem each day.

All aboard, King County

September 6, 2016

Poetry on BusesIf you are a King County, Washington, resident, you are encouraged to submit a poem for the next round of Poetry on Buses. 365 poems will be selected for online publication and some of those will be featured in King County Metro and Sound Transit buses, trains and stations in 2017.

The deadline is Friday, September 30, 2016, 11:59pm PDT. The theme is “Your Body of Water” and the length is a maximum of 50 words, not including the title. See the complete guidelines on the Poetry on Buses website.

roll on, Vancouver!

July 6, 2016

poetrymoves

This is a follow-up to a January post about a poetry-on-the-bus program in Vancouver, Washington. A celebration over the holiday weekend marked the launch of the second round of poems — a selection of student work submitted by participants in Clark County’s Poets in the Schools program.

Spearheaded by Vancouver poet laureate Christopher Luna, this phase of Poetry Moves features the work of ten young poets. The poems will circulate on C-Tran buses through December 2016. For details and photos, see “Poetry Moves: Young poets’ works adorn C-Tran buses” in The Columbian and “Poetry Moves Phase Two Begins July 3 with students from the Poets in the Schools Program” on Printed Matter Vancouver.

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poetrymoves logo

Poetry on Buses Heads up, King County (Washington) poets: Poetry on Buses will be headed your way soon. The 2014/15 program accepted 365 poems, which were posted inside Metro Transit buses and published online. (You can still read them on the Poetry on Buses site.)

The 2016/17 project, directed by Poet Planner Jourdan Imani Keith, anticipates accepting an equal number of poems and encourages King County writers of all ages, all levels of experience and all languages to submit their work on the theme “Your Body of Water.”

“We are all bodies of water, connected to one another through the water web. Your body of water is connected to streams, rivers, lakes, tides, waterfalls, toilets and faucets, to present homes, childhood homes and ancestral ones by memory, by the water cycle, by stories. Come, tell your story through poetry.”

Submissions will be accepted May 15 – September 30, 2016, and along with buses and online viewing, this year’s winning poems will also be seen inside Sound Transit trains. Watch for updates on the Poetry on Buses website or sign up for email updates. Meanwhile, Poetry on Buses is hosting a series of free, bilingual community poetry workshops in King County starting May 1 and running through September.

all aboard…

November 24, 2014

Michelle Peñaloza

We’ve previously mentioned Seattle’s Poetry on Buses project…and here’s a bonus. In addition to 125 poems on Metro’s RapidRide buses, and a new poem every day plus a weekly featured poet on the Poetry on Buses site, the project has also enlivened bus stations throughout King County with images of poets and poems.
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Photo by Katherine Taylor
and thanks to Two Sylvias Press for the heads-up on Facebook!

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